New Parking Plan for Mt. Pleasant

Mount Pleasant plans to implement a trial run for a new parking plan soon. Following a 2012 parking study conducted by Walter Parking Consultants, commissioners decided that the goals of the parking system restructuring are to improve neighborhoods, limit traffic signage, reduce unnecessary traffic, improve meter positioning and explore on-street payment options. They are in favor of installing new smart meters over the summer, expanding meters along west campus drive from bellows street to Preston Street and increasing parking enforcement contracting with Central Michigan University. They all agreed that the goal is not to increase parking revenue but to change parking behavior. Commissioners stressed that a community meeting would be held before making any permanent changes.